I have a pretty powerful system made up of a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R, Intel Q9550 Core2 Quad, 4GB Corsair Dominator RAM, a 750W Corsair PSU and a Sapphire Radeon 4870 running XP ProSP3. It's running pretty fast still after two years. I also have a Plextor PX-708A and a Sony DRU-810A for reading and writing.
I decided to backup my DVD collection to ISO images for use on a new Mvix 880 media player and several 2TB drives. I got through about 260 of them, all being ripped at 4x resulting in 20min rip times, before I got to one that gave me enough trouble such that I could not back it up. Likely newer encryption the software I use can't handle. No big deal but I did try several software solutions all of which caused the Sony to churn excessively as it tried to cope with the disc. Unfortunately, the disc could not be backed up.
Sadly, after moving on to the next one, I found the drive suddenly appears locked at 1X no matter what I do. I've run several diagnostics against it including Nero tools as well as adjusted the settings of the ripping software to rip at maximum speeds but to no avail. I've even gone so far as to re-flash the firmware on the drive to see if that would help but the thing appears to read ONLY at 1x. All the diagnostics I've run say the drive is capable of reading at speed and tests OK.
Not only that but I attempted to write a data backup of 6GB to a DL disc and Nero said it was writing at 4x but it ended up writing for over an hour! Clearly a problem as that should have been written much quicker.
So, any thoughts? I've tried all the usual tricks and checked my system but the drive appears to have toasted itself after that one DVD. The Plextor appears to read and write just fine but it's not a DL writing drive.
I did not think the "simple" task of trying to read a protected disc would actually break a drive. It can play the movie back using PowerDVD just fine so the drive clearly works, just only at 1x.
I'm thinking it's just time to replace it. If anyone has some thoughts, please let me know.